July 29, 2018 Subject:
Lovin the Matrix
This show is solid. Definitely not gonna be in any heads top 10, but it definitely won't disappoint you, you'll be surely groovin on this one in no time. I'm not gonna over-sell this show but it's definitely worthy of your attention. What does it for me hear is they're all listening to each other really well. Sure there's a few flubs here and there but they got their shit together here. The Jed is bouncy; lazy lightning/supplication keeps evolving in each successive night, this one is intense; crazy fingers is like scuba diving in a magical underwater grotto. But the peace of insistence here for me is the Playin>St. Stephen>Wheel>Playin sandwich. Lovin the '76 matrices, this one is deep in the lush richness of tone while providing great breathing room for the sounds to expand the auditory nerve groove to the shimmy of your mind. Enjoy!
March 21, 2012 Subject:
This show doesn't seem to get much attention, probably because so many others from this month overshadow it. However, I think it's one of the most interesting of the run, especially the second set.
First set is pretty standard fare for the time period. Good Promised to open and a solid Sugaree to follow. (This year may be my favorite for Sugaree. Honestly I find most of the longer versions from 1977 and beyond pretty boring as Jerry never really sustains the momentunm across all three solo breaks, with some exceptions.) The rest of the set continues along as do most from June: tight yet free flowing, laid back yet engaging. Lazy Lightning is noteworthy and the MNS to close the set, while not yet what it would become the following year, is also well played.
The second set is one of my favorites from the tour. The PITB sandwich is as good as it looks on paper. Great jams in there, with possibly my favorite St. Stephen of the year and an energetic if abbreviated Wheel. Samson is still in its infancy but good. The Crazy Fingers > Stella Blue is just great, the interplay among everyone and Keith's contributions really what make it so good. Around > Saturday Night to close sounds a little tired and is really the only part of the set I'm not crazy about. (Saturday Night was just never as powerful as it was during '71-72.) US Blues is US Blues.
Average first set + great second set = 4-star show. Terrific sound, as are most of Hseamons' matrix recordings.